I've come to realize that I have been going about my workouts not so much the wrong way, but a way that hasn't been beneficial. I have always gone into the gym with a fairly good attitude/mental state. I know what I need to do and I make sure my concentration is up. I have made fairly good progress but recently I have noticed some lifts have gotten harder. Even though I prepare myself mentally, the lifts sometimes get away from me, so to speak. I thought that I might have hit a plateau and was doomed.
This past arm workout, I did something different just for fun and I ended getting some very impressive results. I applied this to my past 3 workouts and again the results have been impressive to say the least. This new techique is fairly simple. 30 seconds before I start my set (I time breaks), I just sit and try not to think about the lift. I left myself completely relax (I also close my eyes). I have a portable MP3 player so the music I listen to helps me relax more. After the 30secs I start the set.
For some reason, I feel so much more confident and stronger when I do my sets. I honestly don't know if this technique is all mental, physical or somewhere in between but I plan on continuing it for a while.
I hope no one thinks I'm trying to press this on anyone. It's just something that I feel will help me in the long run. The reason I am bringing it up goes back to the topic: Mental vs Physical. Which is really more important? These past few days, I've come to realize that the mental aspect of lifting, for me, is far more important than the act of lifting. I think my problem before was either I thought too much about my lift or I psyched myself out. Clearing my head for even 30 secs has helped me forgot about how heavy something might be or issues I might be having that day. It's a real eye opener and I can't believe I didn't think about this sooner.
How do everyone here feel about Mental vs Physical?